Susan D’Amato is a drawing-based artist, whose research involves anthropological investigations into the natural world, including its origin and transcendence, the passage of time and various integrated structures. Her work combines representation, abstraction and traditional processes with contemplative practices to explore visual and conceptual relationships between the “Kosmos” (i.e., the order of things) and indexical markers of the body. Such relationships, she believes, function as metaphors for human experience and identity.
Based in Central New York (U.S.), D’Amato is an associate professor and coordinator of drawing in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art. She earned an M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut.